Where God put you, the situation you're born into, is a learning experience. You can either let it destroy you or hone your strength. Actually as I look back, my journey has consisted of both extremes.
For me, the deepest pits I found myself in, always had the light shining in, at least enough to climb out. There have been wonderful "angels" along the way to help me, encourage me and give me hope.
If you look around, you have them too. Whether you believe the way, the truth and the light, or wallow in the darkness is your choice to make. There is a woman that comes to mind as I reflect on wallowing in darkness. She is relatively young, has had a stroke and worked to regain the ability to walk and talk. Yet, all she believes is, her life is over. Then there are those bright and shining ones, no matter how hard their situations, they shine. Sharing their wisdom and humor and appreciation for each day.
I've been blessed to have worked with the elderly all through my working life. From a very young age I began seeing who I wanted to be as I age. It appeared to me that even those in their 50's or 60's, who were bitter, looked and were older than those in their 80's and beyond who had good attitudes.
I also realized that beauty is not in smooth skin or a perfect form, but in a pure heart. Gratitude. Gratitude for all you have. The power to make your life better. We all have it in us. Fantasizing finding and walking in that power.